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Featured, MainStage Wing | on September, 19, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A Ticket to Great Art When you look out the window of a train, you wonder if the world is passing by, or if you are passing by the world.  In New York City, the world is passing by. In Corbin, Kentucky, you are passing by the world. There is a landscape in that part […]

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The WordPlayers Kicks Off Season with Charming, Nostalgic Romance

Featured, MainStage Wing | on August, 31, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

The first offering in The WordPlayers’ 2016-2017 season will be Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton. This play explores the new relationship of two young people who meet in 1940 under the shadow of the threat of war. May and Raleigh grew up just a few miles from each other in Kentucky, but meet […]

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Reflections on BIG RIVER

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 25, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

We praise God for his unmerited favor in blessing our recent production of BIG RIVER. Below are some reflections on the experience by those who were a part of it in one way or another. “For me, the gift of being in this show behind my son was once-in-a-lifetime and absolutely priceless.” “BIG RIVER has […]

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I Can’t/I AM

Featured | on July, 18, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A Note On Comedy and Tragedy I’m not superstitious, but if the maxim that tragedies come in “threes” is true, I would be okay with it. Yesterday, for the third time in a week and a half, I got a phone call that someone close to me had passed away. As Terry Weber wrote about […]

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Big Musicals Build Community

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 12, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Auditions are announced! Scores of talented people show up! Some are previously known by the creative team in charge of casting; some are fresh, new faces. Difficult decisions are made. The musical is cast! Actors join the team of directors, designers, crew, and musicians. A company is born. A “meet-n-greet” party occurs where old acquaintances […]

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Hey, WordPlayers! Why BIG RIVER?

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 06, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

By Terry Weber “How come The WordPlayers is producing BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN? Aren’t you guys a company of Christian theatre artists? Don’t you do plays that are culturally-relevant? Don’t you look at them from a faith-based perspective?” Well … there’s the part where Huck chafes against legalism… HUCK: It got pretty […]

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What Huck Finn and the Marx Brothers Have in Common

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 21, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

The WordPlayers Return to The Historic Bijou Theatre It wasn’t till 1908 that the place was turned into a Theatre. The Knoxville Sentinel, in 1908, called it “one of the best constructed and most conveniently arranged houses in the entire south”. It opened March 8 of that year to a sellout crowd.  “Little Johnny Jones,” […]

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More Faithful Than Intended

Featured, Touring Wing | on June, 07, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

Any list of the best American plays of the 20th Century is bound to include THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams. Since its Broadway premiere in 1945, it has been produced countless times by theatres at every level: professional, community, and educational. There are many reasons to love the play and for theatres to want […]

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Romance of the River

Featured, MainStage Wing | on May, 31, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

“The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book–a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once […]

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The Very Best in Free, Intimate Theatre

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 26, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Staged Readings That Move Our Community To be honest, I’m not very fond of reading plays. Plays are for viewing, experiencing; novels are for reading. It helps if I read it out loud, and try to imagine the different characters, but that can be awkward in coffee shops and airport terminals. I know, I’m a […]

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